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Understanding Jonathan EdwardsAn Introduction to America's Theologian$
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Gerald R. McDermott

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195373431

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195373431.001.0001

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Jonathan Edwards’s Life and Career: Society and Self

Jonathan Edwards’s Life and Career: Society and Self

(p.15) 1 Jonathan Edwards’s Life and Career: Society and Self
Understanding Jonathan Edwards

Kenneth P. Minkema

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the personal Edwards from two vantage points: self and society. “Self” means what we can gather from what Edwards said about himself, or what others who knew him said about him. This is of course a tricky affair, since autobiography can present different “selves,” and contemporaries can be biased. “Society” comprehends the full round of engagement with others, including vocationally, economically, in family and in community. These public networks, grounded in events of the time, also go far towards helping us know the private Edwards.

Keywords:   Edwards’s life, Edwards’s career, family, community

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